Among the Peaches
These engravings accompany a Harper's article that takes readers “Among the Peaches,” in Delaware. The article highlights the process by which peaches are picked, canned, distilled, and distributed. Though canning and paring are only briefly mentioned in the piece, the images depicting these particular labors feature young women in similar dress and appearance to the textile mill girls; their ethnicity is ambiguous. By contrast, the African American pickers are drawn as caricatures, dancing, singing, and laughing. This depiction of peach picking and canning highlights two distinct classes of labor that break along racial lines and propagate a myth of the contented and merry African American laborer in the postbellum era.For more information, see the AAS catalog.
Vol. 41, Issue 244